Seven-heaven for Andrew as Alnwick take derby win

Rob Tudor bowling for Alnmouth. Photograph Steve Miller

Rob Tudor bowling for Alnmouth. Photograph Steve Miller

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Alnmouth & Lesbury I (149 all out) v Alnwick I (152-1)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

A seven-wicket haul from Andrew Scott and unbeaten half-centuries from Michael Brewis and Michael Threlfall helped inspire Alnwick to an emphatic nine-wicket derby-day victory over rivals Alnmouth & Lesbury.

Saturday’s comprehensive Division A2 win moved Alnwick up to second in the table and saw them complete a league double over their neighbours.

On the other hand, newly-promoted Alnmouth are struggling to find form and slipped to fourth bottom.

And the Seasiders certainly had no fun in the sun in this derby encounter as Alnwick dominated the match.

The star man with the ball was undoubtedly Scott, who closed with figures of 7-25 from 13.5 overs.

Among his victims were opening batsman Ian Pearson (28), the dangerous Tom Vickers (14) and Ben Oliver (21).

He also ripped through Alnmouth’s tail; the Seasiders scoring just seven runs for the final four wickets.

Alnwick spinner David Wright (2-67) picked up two caught and bowled dismissals, sending Callum Batey (26) and Andrew McDonnell (23) back to the pavilion.

The previous weekend, Wright had captured the wicket of ex-England player Steve Harmison – playing for Ashington – in the same way.

Gareth Bateman (1-29) got in on the wicket-taking action.

He took the first dismissal of the afternoon, bowling Paul Straker for 18, and setting the tone for his club colleagues to follow.

Alnwick’s decision to put Alnmouth into bat looked a good one as the Seasiders were all out for 149.

However, the run chase didn’t start well, and when opener Daniel Graham was bowled for five by Oliver (1-44), leaving Alnwick 6-1, there was a hint that maybe this was to be a day for the bowlers. But the early breakthrough was to be as good as it got for Alnmouth, as Alnwick batsmen Brewis and Threlfall built a winning 146-run partnership.

Brewis was unbeaten with a knock of 68 from 138 balls, including eight boundaries, while Threlfall closed on 70 not out from 117 balls. He found the rope 10 times.